In the sleepy West Sonoma Coast town of Annapolis, “the usually mellow residents are riled up over plans to raze hundreds of acres of redwoods and firs to make room for grapes.” According to the Associated Press, two large wine companies — Napa’s Artesa Vineyards, owned by Spain-based Grupo Cordoniu, and Premier Pacific Vineyards — want to remove nearly 2,000 acres of trees.
Are the wines of Domain Leroy the greatest in Burgundy? Or are they over-amped and overpriced? Jay McInerney investigates over dinner at Eleven Madison Park. His conclusion? “You are unlikely to be disappointed to by a bottle bearing the name Leroy.” (Jay: If you read this blog, please let me know if you want to trade lives for a couple of weeks.)
Dr. Vino is disgusted by move of an Italian winery to put their wine in perfume-shaped bottles to appeal to women. I concur. As Dr. Vino screams, “Dammit, marketers, gendered approaches to marketing are best left to important things like razors blades and deodorants!”
In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre highlights a handful of California winemakers that are “bucking the trend of high-alcohol wines.”